Arlington Bottling Co


Company Names, addresses, dates1:
  Arlington Bottling Co, 27th & K sts NW (1886-1914)
  Arlington Bottling Co, 26th corner K street NW (1915)
  Arlington Bottling Co, 2622 L st NW (1916-1941)
  Arlington Bottling Co, 1021 27th st NW

Notes:
    Charles P. Jacobsen was born in Baltimore on May 1, 1860. Charles was the son of Captain Hermann Jacobsen, who married Christian Heurich's sister Elisabeth, which makes Charles the nephew of Christian Heurich. Charles was employed at Heurich's brewery as a boy, and later founded and was president of the Arlington Bottling Company, which bottled Heurich's beers. 2
    Besides being president of the Arlington Bottling company, Jacobsen was President of the Frazee Potomac Laundry Company, the first dealer in Ford Automobiles in Washington (1901), owner of the Hotel Sterling, and in his later years was the vice-president of the Christian Heurich Brewing Company. 2
    The website for the Sterling Laundry Co had this to say (it has since been removed):
    Mr. Charles P. Jacobsen worked for his uncle- Christian Heurich in the early 1900's and built the Arlington Bottling Company in Georgetown, at 1021 27th St. N.W. In 1930, Sterling Laundry Co., Inc., was incorporated under the laws of the District of Columbia by the then 70 year old Charles Jacobsen. The laundry took over the bottling area of the plant. The business was then turned over to two of his sons: Eugene and Charles. In 1946 after he had left the USMC, Eugene Jr. (Randy) took over as President. Sterling enjoyed increased success under Randy Jacobsen. In 1962 the building at 1021 27th St. had to be torn down to make way for part of the present Whitehurst Freeway.

One of the Potomac Pontil newsletters has a letter from a descendent of Jacobsen's that explains how he was related to Christian Heurich and gives some other information.

A 1907 newspaper ad lists "Arnold & Co.'s India Pale Ale" from Arlington Bottling Co, 27th & K sts NW, Phone West 34 or 120.


Bottles:

arlington_20 book # 29
These are 7.5" hutchinson style bottles. The left one is aqua, and the right one is clear. They are both embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co (picture of an anchor)
arlington_19 book # 30
This is a 7" aqua hutchinson embossed:
oval pattern: THE ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / CHAS. JACOBSEN / PROP. / WASHINGTON DC / 1893
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co (picture of an anchor)
arlington_16 book # 31
This is an 8.5" aqua baltimore-loop top bottle embossed:
oval pattern: THE ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / CHAS. JACOBSEN / PROP. / WASHINGTON DC
front heel: 1893 / THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: TRADE MARK / A B Co (picture of an anchor)
arlington_26 book # 31
This is similar to the bottle above, except it's a blob-top (not a baltimore-loop top). It's 9" tall, and embossed:
oval pattern: THE ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / CHAS. JACOBSEN / PROP. / WASHINGTON DC
rear heel: 1893 / THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co (picture of an anchor) / TRADE MARK
arlington_11 book # 33
These are aqua baltimore-loop top bottles. The left is 8.75" and the right is 9.75". They're both embossed:
round sluglate: THE ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, DC
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE / SOLD
base: A B Co (picture of an anchor)
arlington_25 book # 34
These are 9.5" blob-top bottles, 2 with the original lightning stoppers. Left one is amber, the middle is yellow, and the right one is light-yellow or maybe olive green? They're all 3 embossed:
round sluglate: ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: THIS BOTTLE / NOT TO BE / SOLD
base: A B Co (picture of an anchor)
arlington_22 book # 35
This is a 9.75" aqua lady-leg style bottle with a baltimore-loop top, embossed:
round sluglate: ARLINGTON / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back in small letters: D.O.C. 36
arlington_09 book # 36
This is a 9.5 aqua blob top embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co / TRADE MARK

arlington_03 book # 37
These are aqua blob top bottles. The one on the left is 9.2", and the one on the right still has the original stopper. The only difference in the embossing is that the one on the right has a circle around the anchor. They are embossed:
oval pattern: CHARLES JACOBSEN / THE ARLINGTON / ABCo TRADE MARK / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON DC
below the oval pattern: REGISTERED / 1904
arlington_04 book # 38
This bottle has an unusual shape and top. It's a 10.25" amber blob top embossed:
oval pattern: CHARLES JACOBSEN / THE ARLINGTON / ABCo TRADE MARK / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON DC / REGISTERED / 1903
back: EHE CO
arlington_28 book # 39
This bottle is a whopping 14" tall. It's an aqua blob top embossed:
front: Arlington / BOTTLING (anchor logo with 'A.B.Co') COMPANY / TRADE MARK / CHARLES JACOBSEN / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED
rear on heel: OB CO
base: 1270 / 1
arlington_05 book # 41
These are aqua BIM crown top bottles. The one on the left is 8.7" and the one on the right is 9.5". Both are embossed:
front: Arlington / BOTTLING (anchor logo with 'A.B.Co') COMPANY / TRADE MARK / CHARLES JACOBSEN / WASHINGTON, D.C. / REGISTERED
arlington_17 book # 42
These are BIM lady-leg style crown-top bottles. The left is 9.25" honey-amber, the middle is 9.5" aqua, and the right is 9.5" amber. They're all embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co / TRADE MARK (picture of anchor)

arlington_18 book # 42
These are BIM crown-top bottles (similar to above but not lady-leg style). The left is a honey-amber and the right is blue-aqua. They are both 9.5" tall and embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co / TRADE MARK (picture of anchor)

arlington_10 book # 42
These are BIM crown-top bottles (similar to above but with a different shaped neck). The left is a clear 8", the center is aqua 8", and the right is clear 9". They are all embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered
around the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
base: A B Co / TRADE MARK (picture of anchor)

arlington_13 book # 42
These are picnic-sized 12" amber BIM crown-top bottles. The one one the left is yellowish-amber, and the one on the right is a redish-amber. They are both embossed:
slanted script: The Arlington Bottling Co / Chas Jacobsen Prop / Washington DC / Registered / A
along the heel: THIS BOTTLE NOT TO BE SOLD
back (left bottle only): E HE CO
base: A B Co / TRADE MARK (picture of anchor)
arlington_31 book # 43
These are BIM crown top bottles. The difference between the left bottle & the middle one is that the left one does not have a circle around the anchor, nor does it say "1903" at the bottom. The diffence between the middle one & the right one is the size (9.5" tall vs. 8.5"). They're embossed:
oval pattern: CHARLES JACOBSEN / THE ARLINGTON / A.B.Co / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON DC
below oval pattern: REGISTERED / 1903
back: E HE CO
base: 746 (or 747 on right-most bottle)
arlington_12 book # 43
This is a 9.5" amber BIM crown-top embossed with:
oval pattern: CHARLES JACOBSEN / THE ARLINGTON / A.B.Co / BOTTLING CO / WASHINGTON DC
below oval pattern: REGISTERED / 1904
back: E HE CO
base: 746
I have a similar bottle that differs in that it says "1903" instead of "1904"
arlington_30 book # 44
This is a 9.5" amber BIM bottle embossed:
circular pattern: ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / TRADE / A.B.Co / MARK / WASHINGTON DC
arlington_07 book # 44 (left) & 45 (right)
These 2 aqua bottles are embossed the same as the bottle above. The one on the left is 8.7" and BIM, while the one on the right is 7.7" and machine-made. They are both embossed:
circular pattern: ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / TRADE / A.B.Co / MARK / WASHINGTON DC
rear shoulder (right bottle only): 6 1/2 OZ. / FLUID
arlington_21 book # 45
this is an 11.5" picnic sized aqua crown top bottle embossed:
circular pattern: ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / TRADE / A.B.Co / MARK / WASHINGTON DC
arlington_14 book # 46
This is a 9.8" aqua BIM crown-top embossed with:
circular pattern: ARLINGTON BOTTLNG CO / PINK OF PERFECTION / (picture of flower) / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / WASHINGTON, D.C.
back: 1 PINT / 20N 1
arlington_15 book # 47
This is a huge, 14.2" green machine-made crown-top, with a ceramic stopper and no embossing. It has a label that says:
label: PERFECTION / DISTILLED / WATER / PINK OF PERFECTION / (picture of flower) / TRADE MARK REGISTERED / BOTTLED BY / THE ARLINGTON BOTTLING Co / WASHINGTON, D.C.
arlington_06 book # 1 (in Seltzer section)
This is a 9" seltzer bottle embossed:
front: THE ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / TRADE MARK / A.B.CO.INC. / REGISTERED / CONTENTS / 28 OZ. / WASH, D.C. / WASH, D.C.
arlington_23 book # 2 (in Seltzer section)
This is another clear 9" seltzer bottle, but without the top. It's marked:
around circle pattern: ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO. / WASHINGTON, D.C.
inside circle pattern: / TRADE MARK / A.B.CO. / REGISTERED
base: REGISTERED TRADEMARK / (picture of an ornate crown) / MADE IN AUSTRIA
arlington_27 book # 5 (in Seltzer section)
This is another clear 9" seltzer bottle without the top. It's marked:
inside oval pattern: Arlington Sprints / MINERAL (ABco in anchor) WATER / BOTTLED BY THE / ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / Chas. Jacobsen Proprietor / WASHINGTON, D.C.


Other Items:
arlington_29 This is a ceramic stopper from one of the bottles above. It has this printed on it in black:
in circle CHAS. JACOBSEN / A.B.CO. / TRADE MARK (with picture of an anchor) / WASHINGTON, D.C.
arlington_32 This is a metal bottle opener. It is engraved:
front The Arlington Bottling Co. / WASH, D.C.
rear PAT FEB. 19, 1901 / A.W. STPHENS MFG. CO. WALTHAM MASS
arl_bot_ad This is an old ad from page 511 of a 1925 phone book for Washington DC. Note that 1925 was during prohibition, so there is no mention of beer bottling.
arl_bot_ad2 This is an ad for Christian Heurich's beer, specifying the Arlington Bottling Co as the bottler.
arl_bot_1887 This is an advertisement from the 1887 book "Washington Hisorical sketches of the Capital City of our Country", by John P. Coffin. The book says the building has a large space on the ground floor of 25x130 feet, covered by a substantial brick building, with steam bottle-washing machines, immense vats for steaming beer for export, rotary fans driven by steam power, and other improvements. It also says that the capcity of the works is 800 boxes of two dozen bottles per day, and requires 25 hands and eight wagons to deliver. 3
blotter_01 This is an ink blotter. It has a picture of a horse & buggy for delivering Heurich's beer. The buggy says:
Top: TELEPHONE CALL 634-3
Middle: HEURICH's BEERS / FOR FAMILY USE BOTTLED BY / THE ARLINGTON BOTTLING CO / CORNER 27th & K ST NW
Bottom: CHARLES JACOBSEN PROPRIETOR



1 Boyd's Directory for the District of Columbia (various years)
2 Records of the Columbia Historical Society of Washington DC 1960-1962
3 Washington Historical sketches of the City of our Country by John P. Coffin



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